Seashore Students Invited To STAR PARTY
LONG BRANCH, June 2 – Students in the astronomy elective at The Seashore School gained a clearer perspective on what they have been learning in their classroom when the Society of Telescopy, Astronomy and Radio (S.T.A.R), Lincroft, hosted a “Star Party,” for them May 12 at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck.
While the event, which took place at sunset, was held primarily for those in the specialized elective, all Seashore kindergarten through eighth graders and their families were invited to participate. Lined with astronomers, who brought telescopes of all sizes, the group witnessed a spectrum of unique occurrences that has changed the way they look at the night sky.
In addition to explaining what was happening and why it was significant, Seashore Science teacher Ellen Fedosh, Middletown, and Russ Drum, S.T.A.R. Observing Chairman, Oakhurst, showed children how to use the telescopes to view firsthand what they had read about in their textbooks.
“We saw Jupiter, three of Jupiter’s moons, Mars, Messier 44, known as the beehive cluster, a double star in the handle of the big dipper and a first quarter moon, along with a satellite that went by overhead,” Fedosh said.
According to Drum, there were a lot of WOWs and Ooos. “That’s a normal reaction when someone sees the wonderful sights through a telescope eyepiece or binocular,” he said.
Fedosh, an avid astronomer and eclipse chaser, who just returned from the 2016 sighting of the total solar eclipse in Indonesia, said she took students to the Star Party to spark an interest in astronomy that will remain with them through their lives.
“We are fortunate to have a teacher so passionate about her subject, she will literally go to the ends of the world, risking danger, to gain knowledge in her field and return to ignite that level of excitement for science in her students,” Seashore Principal John Villapiano said. “The event she arranged with S.T.A.R. colleagues was part of our mission to take education beyond the classroom, give students a chance to apply the concepts we teach and relate textbook material to what is currently happening in the world so they will see the relevance,” he added.
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SEEING STARS. Sophia Wolf, Eatontown, was one of many students from The Seashore School, who witnessed unique occurrences in the sky by participating in a Star Party hosted by S.T.A.R. May 12 at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck. PHOTO CREDIT: Aaron Yuter, fifth grade journalism student at The Seashore School